SEAS Research Grant Proposal Support

Submitting Grant Proposals through Columbia Engineering.


Rumana Ashraf
Manager of Grants & Contracts
Tony Schmitt
SEAS Grants and Contracts Manager
A PDF of specific support services offered by the Grants Managers is also available:

For questions or assistance with preparing your budget, RASCAL, or proposal, please contact Rumana Ashraf, Manager of Grants & Contracts, or Tony Schmitt, SEAS Grants and Contracts Manager.

Helpful Links:

Finding Funding

  • Columbia Research Find Funding Page:  One-stop resource for finding links to federal agencies, non-federal funding, internal funding programs, private foundations, and a variety of other funding resources.
  • SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network): This is an extremely useful component of InfoEd, by which users can search both governmental and private funding opportunities.
    • Searches can be specified by grant type, research areas, scientific keywords and other paramaters.
    • To login with your uni and password, please go to: and click "SPIN" in the left hand corner.
    • You may then use the "search" menu to conduct basic, keyword, or advanced searches. You may save your searches and receive daily or weekly email updates.
    • Simple instructions maybe be found on the 1-page SPIN Quick Start Guide.

Helpful Information

  • Columbia Engineering's 9-month GRA tuition rate charged to grants: $23,800 ($2644.44 monthly) effective 9/1/19-5/31/20. This is the rate used for govt grants with 62% IC and for industry grants with at least 35% IC (it represents 1/2 the full tuition rate of $47,600)
  • On-Campus Indirect Cost rate for Gov't grants:  62% (effective 7/1/18)
  • Off-Campus Indirect Cost Rate for Gov't grants: 26%
  • Indirect Cost Rate for all Industry/Non-Gov't grants: 35%
  • Fringe Benefit Rate for Faculty/Staff: 28.2% govt (effective 7/1/18; previously 30.3%); 31.25% non-government (effective 7/1/19; previously 30.5%)
  • Fringe Benefit Rate for hourly student employees (non-GRA): 8.15% for both government and non-government grants. Fringe is charged only for summer months
  • Minimum GRA stipend rate: $40,310 per year ($3,359/mo), effective July 1, 2019
  • For Post-docs and Officers of Research, please see salary guidelines
  • Morningside DUNS: 049179401
  • EIN: 135598093
  • NIH Salary Cap: $189,600 (effective 1/7/18)
  • NIH GRA Stipend + Tuition Cap: $50,004